Monday, August 17, 2009

Corn Palace and Wall Drug

The day after our Lewis and Clark keelboat surprise, we hit two very cool places in South Dakota.

First, the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota…

The first Corn Palace was built in the 1890’s. The building that stands on the site today was the third one and was built in the early 1900’s. From the beginning the façade of the building was decorated each year in a different theme using corn kernels, husks, silks, and cobs. The décor has to be changed annually because, well, corn just won’t hold up for more than a year, I guess. J This was a neat stop - not the sort of thing you see everyday, that’s for sure!

Our next stop was in Wall, South Dakota, home of the famous Wall Drugstore, where you can always find free ice water. We began seeing signs for Wall Drug hundreds of miles before we got to it. We learned that there is even a sign for it somewhere in Africa!

What began as a drugstore back in the 1930’s has grown into a plethora of shops, unique western relics, and amusements for children. We spent a couple of hours there poking around and letting the kids play in a water spray-park type area. They had a ball while Kurt and I relaxed on a bench!

If you’re ever driving through South Dakota on I-90, these would be great places for a pit stop!

We’ve said goodbye to Yellowstone, and tomorrow we pack up and begin to work our way home through Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and finally Ohio. We’re going to take our time and see a couple of things along the way, and we should be home by Saturday.

Happy Trails!

1 comment:

  1. Funny - we just took nearly this same route (albeit the other direction, west to east) as we moved from Idaho to Virginia this June. In fact, I have that exact same "Jackalope" picture - with my own kid up there, lol! And Kiwi did the same ranger program at Mt. Rushmore! Growing up in Southern California with relatives in Montana, the Tetons and Yellowstone were summer playgrounds for me. It's the east that is all new and strange to me....


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